Three Major Studies: Lockdowns Ineffective to Control Spread of COVID-19 

Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke

“Fourteen days to stop the spread” escalated very, very quickly and now last spring seems like an age ago as we enter into yet another wave of lockdowns, mandates, and general assaults on our natural rights the likes of which have not been seen since King George of England tormented the thirteen colonies in the 1700’s.

We’re told to trust “the science,” as if “the science” has some sort of moral superiority to the responsibility held by our elected officials to defend the U.S. Constitution. Beside that, science doesn’t prove, it only probes.

Even if this were true, “the science,” which is not, in fact, a single entity that determines truth and objectivity, is far from unanimous on the best approach to stopping the spread of the virus.

The Foundation for Economic Education last year pointed to three major studies that demonstrate that lockdowns, aside from being devastating for the prosperity and mental health of millions of Americans, don’t even work.

  1. The Lancet

A study published by The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal founded in 1823, in July examined data from the 50 nations with the most cases of COVID-19.

It found that lockdowns were not associated with reductions in critical cases of the disease. It did find, however, that factors such as obesity, smoking, and life expectancy were.

“…government actions such as border closures, full lockdowns, and a high rate of COVID-19 testing were not associated with statistically significant reductions in the number of critical cases or overall mortality,” the study concluded.

All more testing has done is allow the numbers to be played with in order to say what politically motivated people want them to say for their own self-serving agenda.

  1. Frontiers in Public Health

Next up is a study published by Frontiers in Public Health in November, which found that neither lockdowns or lockdown stringency correlated with a reduction in death rates.

The study examined data from 160 countries over the first 8 months of the pandemic and tested several factors, including public health, demographics, government policy, the economy, and the environment, to see how each correlated with COVID-19 death rates.

“Stringency of the measures settled to fight pandemia, including lockdown, did not appear to be linked with death rate,” the researchers concluded.

Death rates are rarely mentioned in the liberal media, only the number of deaths are mentioned.

  1. Tel Aviv University Study

In October, Tel Aviv University researchers published a study on the website medRxiv which also questioned the correlation between lockdowns and reduced mortality rates.

Researchers looked at mobility data collected from iPhones, finding no statistical association between deaths attributed to COVID-19 and strict lockdown measures.

“We would have expected to see fewer Covid-19 fatalities in countries with a tighter lockdown, but the data reveals that this is not the case,” the study stated.

FEE offers a bonus study as well; the May Bloomberg analysis of an Oxford University study that examined data from government stringency measures across Europe meant to stop the spread.

In a May Bloomberg article titled “The Results of Europe’s Lockdown Experiment Are In,” data journalist Elaine He shared several visuals based on work done by the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, which tracked a range of government stringency measures across Europe.

COVID mortality, He said, did not appear to be associated with lockdown stringency.

“While not a gauge of whether the decisions taken were the right ones, nor of how strictly they were followed, the analysis gives a clear sense of each government’s strategy for containing the virus,” He writes.

“Trust the science,” they say?

Which science? The “experts” who have been given without justification god-like status as if possessing some kind of wisdom granted from on high, have been wrong on just about every recommendation they have given. They will never be held accountable for being so wrong. This has caused great damage to America and its people.. Much of it is irreversible. Policymakers refuse to poke holes in their theories. They just swallow it whole.

Here is some sage advice. How about trust the people to keep their elected officials in check and put their foot down when tyrants show their true colors?

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